Change is in the air as Virgin Media secures Champions League rights

TV3 will be the home of Champions League football from next season.                     Image Alexandr Gusev  PA Images

Begovic also advised Liverpool that they are facing a Real Madrid side that has placed all their attention on winning the Champions League, after failing to defend the La Liga "It's a heck of a Champions League final", "I mean you couldn't wish for much more with two huge clubs going at it".

From next season, the Champions League group stage format will change with 6pm and 8pm games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

When asked by The Irish Times if all of the matches in question would be broadcast free-to-air, a TV3 spokesperson said: "We will be sharing more information about the deal over the coming weeks". A further million or so watched Manchester United's triumph over Ajax in the Europa League final.

The deal will give Virgin Media and TV3 exclusive rights to 327 European matches per season in Ireland across both competitions, along with shared rights along with public broadcaster RTÉ to 16 Tuesday night UEFA Champion League matches.

Virgin Media and TV3 today announced a major sports deal which sees the combined broadcasting and television platform business become the new home of top European club football from next season.

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BT Sport subscribers will also be able to enjoy 360 highlights on the app throughout the game.

Football fans across the world will be eager to watch the action.

Are we heading towards an era where every match could be streamed on YouTube? "The sports rights market continues to evolve and RTÉ is now competing against major global companies both here and in the United Kingdom, both free and subscription, for the right to broadcast premium sports events in this country".

Non-subscribers will be able to view the match via YouTube, the BT Sport app and the company's website.

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